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Dr. Carmen Gutierrez joined UNC-Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy in the fall of 2018.

In her research, Dr. Gutierrez examines how structural and institutional racism cause health inequalities among people in the United States. She is particularly interested in the ways that population health disparities are shaped by the US criminal legal system and the US immigration system. Her work on these topics blends perspective from social demography, critical race theory, and feminist geography to investigate the role of US institutions and policies in shaping Black and Brown people's health in unique ways. 

Dr. Gutierrez's research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Public Health, Crime & Delinquency, and Pediatrics. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Dr. Gutierrez earned a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas in Austin.

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